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2009 Château Gruaud Larose

FRANCE / BORDEAUX / SAINT-JULIEN
  • 95 WA
  • 92 WS
  • 94 IWC
  • 85 JR
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 51407-2009

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  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

    As I wrote in my barrel tasting note, the 2009 appears to be the finest Gruaud Larose since their 1990. Some of my concerns about too much brett in previous vintages are long gone as the purity of the 2009 jumps out. Copious notes of sagebrush, cedar, cigar box, licorice, incense, blackberries and lead pencil shavings suggest a big Pauillac rather than a St.-Julien. Broad, rich and full-bodied with good balance and abundant, but sweet, well-integrated tannin, this big, masculine Gruaud Larose reveals remarkable finesse, richness, extract, density and a cascade of fruit that nearly hides the lofty tannins. This beauty should be at its best between 2020-2045.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94

    Dark ruby-red. Intense aromas of red cherry, cassis, aromatic herbs and cedar. Rich, dense and suave, with concentrated flavors of dark berries, cedar and quinine complicated by smoky and peppery nuances. Finishes very long and smooth, with a highly tactile quality to the cedar and cassis flavors. This Gruaud stands out for its purity, as it seems free of the earthy and gamey nuances that have been present in many past vintages. In fact, this impressive wine strikes me as the best young Gruaud-Larose in recent memory. (ID)
    Author: Ian D'Agata
    Issue: July/August 2012
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17

    Mid crimson. Scented with just a hint of oak. Lots of sweetness. Dry tannins on the end. Pretty solid and sappy. Solid style with lots of sweetness. Still pretty chewy.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 92

    This has good density, with fleshy blackberry and blueberry cobbler flavors laced with anise, sweet spice and smoldering maduro tobacco notes. Long and well-structured, with fresh, embedded acidity.
    Author: James Molesworth
  • Self | Rating: 87

    Had this after the 2003 vintage and, had it been a blind tasting, I would have gotten them reversed. The 2003 was much more lively. The 2009 was flat and bland. If I tried, I could detect some blueberries, but that was about it. Flat finish. This wine is vastly overrated and overpriced.
    Author: Litig8tr
The phrase "The King of Wines..." adorns its label, but this isn't Bordeaux Budweiser. In fact, St. Julien's Second-Growth-classified Chateau Gruaud Larose was known as "the wine of kings" back in the late 1700s and continues this legacy today. The most notable recent example is President Chirac serving 1990 Gruaud Larose to President Clinton at Parisian bistro L'Ami Louis in June, 1999.

The chateau occupies 84 hectares on a gravel-rich plateau in St. Julien neighboring Chateau Beychevelle. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon with Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, the wines are often complex, opulent and flamboyant and always age worthy. The finest examples of Gruaud Larose in recent memory are 2010, 2000 and 1990.
Located in the southwest of France, Bordeaux is the single largest fine-wine-producing region in the world, with more than 15,000 growers spread over 57 appellations and more than 700 million bottles produced annually. The region boasts a two-thousand-year winemaking history and some of the wine world's most recognized and highly sought-after names. Red Bordeaux blends comprise eighty percent of production, but dry and sweet whites are also well-known. The region is divided into the Left and Right Banks (of the Dordogne River); Cabernet Sauvignon prevails in the former and Merlot in the latter.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 713 bottles owned
  • 83 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 87
    (Out of 83 collectors)